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Pinewood Grove, Coanwood.

Pinewood Grove, Coanwood.

Pinewood Grove, Coanwood.

Pinewood Grove, Coanwood.

Pinewood Grove, Coanwood.

Pinewood Grove, Coanwood.

Kevin and Kerry Aspinall at Pinewood Grove, Coanwood.

 Pinewood Grove, Coanwood.
Pinewood Grove, Coanwood.
Quiet lodge in the woods is a haven for wildlife
Love was in the air when Kerry and Kevin Aspinall played Cupid for an internet bridegroom - and ended up with their own new romance, which endures to this day.

Jane Dungait.

Hugh Richardson.

 Jane Dungait.
Jane Dungait.
Key roles filled as Brexit looms
TWO key NFU appointments have taken up their posts this month just as the industry holds its breath, waiting for Theresa May to trigger Article 50.

Coun. Cath Homer and Mayor of Hexham Trevor Cessford. *Photo: Stuart Walker.

 Coun. Cath Homer and Mayor of Hexham Trevor Cessford. *Photo: Stuart Walker.
Coun. Cath Homer and Mayor of Hexham Trevor Cessford. *Photo: Stuart Walker.
Support for campaign puts council under pressure
PRESSURE is mounting on Northumberland County Council to reverse a controversial decision which is depriving communities across Tynedale of information which has an impact on their daily lives.

your right to know

 your right to know
your right to know
Public opinion demands justice for our marginalised communities
ALL of us at the Hexham Courant are humbled and heartened by the overwhelming public support for calls for Northumberland County Council to restore the publication of statutory public notices in our columns.

Mandy Rainey from Meadow Fruits. *Photo: Paula Thanner.

Steven Dunn from Shield Green Nurseries. *Photo: Paula Thanner

Joanna Jackson from Sweet, Sweet, Sweets. *Photo: Paula Thanner.

Shirley Adamson from Streetwear Fashion. *Photo: Paula Thanner.

 Mandy Rainey from Meadow Fruits. *Photo: Paula Thanner.
Mandy Rainey from Meadow Fruits. *Photo: Paula Thanner.
Traders in the dark over road closure
MARKET traders have hit out at Northumberland County Council after notice of a road closure in Hexham town centre was not published in their local paper - leaving them in the dark.

Coun. Cath Homer and Mayor of Hexham Trevor Cessford. *Photo: STUART WALKER

 Coun. Cath Homer and Mayor of Hexham Trevor Cessford. *Photo: STUART WALKER
Coun. Cath Homer and Mayor of Hexham Trevor Cessford. *Photo: STUART WALKER
Policy attacked by all parties
ALL political factions within Hexham Town Council were of one mind this week as councillors called for a U-turn on the county council’s controversial decision.

Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham.

Prudhoe Waterworld. Photo: D050838

 Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham.
Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham.
Leisure centres take Courant off shelves
AMID spurious claims from county council bosses that the Northumberland Gazette provides news coverage for the whole of the county, copies of the Hexham Courant will no longer be sold at leisure centres under council control.

Northumberland County Council leader Coun. Grant Davey.

Chief executive of Northumberland County Council, Steve Mason.

 Northumberland County Council leader Coun. Grant Davey.
Northumberland County Council leader Coun. Grant Davey.
Council refuses to answer questions
SPECIFIC questions raised with Northumberland County Council on the authority’s decision over publication of statutory notices are yet to be answered.

CPRE logo

 CPRE logo
CPRE logo
CPRE supports campaign
A NATIONAL charity which stands up for rural communities has given its support to the Courant ’s ‘Your right to know’ campaign.

Bill Foster, who died aged 99.

 Bill Foster, who died aged 99.
Bill Foster, who died aged 99.
Tributes for cricket league president
THE long-serving president of the West Tyne Cricket League enjoyed life to the full during his 99 years.

Jan Ashdown, left, and Sarah Hallberg.

A lynx.

 Jan Ashdown, left, and Sarah Hallberg.
Jan Ashdown, left, and Sarah Hallberg.
Residents question lynx proposal
IN principle Sarah Hallberg, a member of the Tarset Archive Group, isn’t against the reintroduction of lynx. “They could be a good thing,” she said.

The Volkswagen Golf TDI C150.

The Volkswagen Golf TDI C150.

The Volkswagen Golf TDI C150.

 The Volkswagen Golf TDI C150.
The Volkswagen Golf TDI C150.
Latest Golf leaves its rivals standing
“Just buy a Golf.” It’s a bit of advice usually doled out by motoring journalists who don’t want to listen to another protracted ‘What car should I buy?’ diatribe over dinner.

Newbrough residents Mike Read (left) and David Penn at Butt Bank in Newbrough.

Newbrough residents Mike Read (left) and David Penn at Butt Bank in Newbrough.

 Newbrough residents Mike Read (left) and David Penn at Butt Bank in Newbrough.
Newbrough residents Mike Read (left) and David Penn at Butt Bank in Newbrough.
Backlash against information blackout
COMMUNITIES across Tynedale are already feeling the effects of an information blackout imposed by Northumberland County Council.

Steve Mason.

 Steve Mason.
Steve Mason.
On a mission to find an elusive newspaper
IN response to claims from the chief executive of Northumberland County Council that the Northumberland Gazette had a “healthy presence in the west of the county”, the Courant decided to investigate how readily available the Alnwick-based publication was in Tynedale.

Coanwood parish councillor Ellen Walton,

 Coanwood parish councillor Ellen Walton,
Coanwood parish councillor Ellen Walton,
Lack of information could lead to farmers wasting precious time
FARMERS could lose vital working hours unless they are made aware of road closures in rural areas, a councillor has claimed.

Gill Whatmough. Photo: D331489

 Gill Whatmough. Photo: D331489
Gill Whatmough. Photo: D331489
Surprise road closure in parish
SEVEN statutory notices regarding road closures and the introduction of new speed limits across Tynedale appeared within the pages of last Thursday’s Northumberland Gazette .

Ed Green, manager of Peggs and Cookes News in Hexham.

Ed Green, manager of Peggs and Cookes News in Hexham.

Ed Green, manager of Peggs and Cookes News in Hexham.

Ed Green, manager of Peggs and Cookes News in Hexham.

 Ed Green, manager of Peggs and Cookes News in Hexham.
Ed Green, manager of Peggs and Cookes News in Hexham.
What the newsagent has to say
A HEXHAM newsagent has backed a Courant campaign which calls on Northumberland County Council to restart the publication of statutory notices in the paper with immediate effect.

The public sign on a lamppost on the West Woodburn road leading out of Bellingham.

A view of part of the field where the development was proposed, taken in July 2016.

 The public sign on a lamppost on the West Woodburn road leading out of Bellingham.
The public sign on a lamppost on the West Woodburn road leading out of Bellingham.
Villagers kept in dark over housing plan
BELLINGHAM residents believe they have been denied their right to know, after receiving ‘pathetic’ communication from Northumberland County Council about new housing plans.

Mike Read, left, and David Penn, on land where 16 homes could be built just off Butt Bank at Newbrough.

Mike Read, left, and David Penn, on land where 16 homes could be built just off Butt Bank at Newbrough. Pic Louise Porter

Allerwash resident Michael Kirkby next to the road closure notice on a sign post at Church Lane.

 Mike Read, left, and David Penn, on land where 16 homes could be built just off Butt Bank at Newbrough.
Mike Read, left, and David Penn, on land where 16 homes could be built just off Butt Bank at Newbrough.
Democracy is ‘under threat’
NORTHUMBERLAND County Council’s decision to stop statutory notices going in the Hexham Courant has removed a vital ring in the chain of democracy.

Billy Bell (second from left).

Fred Terry and his wife Julia Emilie Neilson. © National Portrait Gallery

Low Byrness in the early 1900s.

Bard of Redesdale Billy Bell.

 Billy Bell (second from left).
Billy Bell (second from left).
Poet rescued stranded actors
IT’S THE sort of brief encounter that today Alan Bennett or some independent production company would turn into a deliciously evocative vignette of times past.

Azaleas.

 Azaleas.
Azaleas.
Azaleas will look good in any garden
A FLOWERING Azalea is a source of endless delight. March is an excellent month to place your Azalea in the garden so that you can enjoy a truly explosive cascade of flowers from May onwards.

Ford Kuga Vignale Courant motors March 3

Ford Kuga Vignale Courant motors March 3

 Ford Kuga Vignale Courant motors March 3
Ford Kuga Vignale Courant motors March 3
Luxury Vignale is very nice indeed
‘Vignale’ is Ford-speak for ‘very nice indeed’.

County Hall in Morpeth.

 County Hall in Morpeth.
County Hall in Morpeth.
Council puts local democracy at risk
COMMUNITIES across Tynedale are being kept in the dark over vital public information because of Northumberland County Council’s decision to stop statutory notices going in the Hexham Courant .
Transported back to my youth by knock of unexpected caller
WE experienced a real blast from the past the other day which threatened to transport me back over several centuries to the days of the Bellingham legend of the Long Pack.

Colin Burns. Photo: KATE BUCKINGHAM

Ruby Westlake and Lea Stephenson.

 Colin Burns. Photo: KATE BUCKINGHAM
Colin Burns. Photo: KATE BUCKINGHAM
Colin’s coaching reaps rewards
FOR dedicating more than 20 years to the club, Colin Burns was presented with a fitting trophy at Tynedale Harriers’ annual end-of-season awards.
Your right to know, our right to report
I HAVE to declare a financial interest in reporting that Northumberland County Council has stopped publishing statutory and public notices in the Hexham Courant .
Do you know what the council is doing in your area?
MISSING from the Courant last week, but appearing largely unnoticed in the Northumberland Gazette , were:

Coun. Cath Homer. Photo: K481612

Coun. Peter Jackson

Coun. Colin Horncastle

Coun. Tony Reid, from Prudhoe

Coun. Ian Hutchinson. Photo: K381533

 Coun. Cath Homer. Photo: K481612
Coun. Cath Homer. Photo: K481612
Information blackout
LOCAL councillors and community leaders reacted with strong opinions when they heard important legal notices containing vital information for Tynedale residents were being published outside of the district.

Dan Bell and Bailey Maughan.

Dan Bell and Bailey Maughan.

Dan Bell and Bailey Maughan.

 Dan Bell and Bailey Maughan.
Dan Bell and Bailey Maughan.
Schoolboys are pride of the town
A PAIR of fledgling film-makers have taken to the skies to add a new perspective to Prudhoe.

The Porsche Panamera.

The Porsche Panamera.

 The Porsche Panamera.
The Porsche Panamera.
Panamera leaves the rest standing
NAMED after the Carrera Panamerican road race, Porsche’s Panamera hatchback is the brand’s offering to luxury segment buyers wanting spacious rear seat accommodation and a properly sporting Gran Turismo driving experience.